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PROXIMATE OCCASIONS

Situations that are likely to lead a person into sin. They are either circumstances in which any ordinary person is almost sure to sin, or those in which the individual in question as a rule sins. In general, occasions of sin looked upon as proximate for everyone are known to be such from a knowledge of human nature and the way people in general react to situations. Occasions of sin that are proximate for everyone are known to be such from a knowledge of human nature and the way people in general react to situations. Occasions of sin that are proximate only for certain persons are known from experience or from an honest appraisal of one's own frailty.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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